56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023


Rod Montoya and T. Ryan Lane and Anthony Allison

and Mark Duncan








     WHEREAS, on February 24, 1986, the first congressional resolution, H. Con. Res. 278, designated a "national TRIO day" in order to recognize the achievements of the TRIO programs and the more than ten million Americans from low-income and working families who have benefited from the services of TRIO pre-college and college programs; and

     WHEREAS, national TRIO day is an annual opportunity to focus the nation's attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, the necessary investment if these young people and adults are to become contributing residents of the country and the talent that will be wasted if that investment is not made; and

     WHEREAS, 2023 is the fifty-seventh anniversary of nationwide federal TRIO student support programs, and New Mexico was one of the first states to implement these programs; and

     WHEREAS, all TRIO programs are vested in the notion that committed students deserve an opportunity to obtain higher education without regard to race, gender, national origin, disability status, their family's economic resources or educational background; and

     WHEREAS, seven TRIO programs have been funded since 1965 by the United States department of education, including talent search, upward bound, upward bound math/science, veterans upward bound, student support services, educational opportunity centers and the Ronald E. McNair post-baccalaureate achievement program; and

     WHEREAS, in New Mexico, there are thirty-nine TRIO programs that generate nearly twelve million five hundred thousand dollars ($12,500,000) in federal funding and serve nearly nine thousand students; and

     WHEREAS, these successful federal programs work to help low-income, first-generation, disadvantaged students or students with disabilities to enter college and earn a college degree; and

     WHEREAS, the TRIO programs should be expanded to serve more Americans;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the TRIO programs be recognized for the important role they continue to play in encouraging and assisting students seeking higher education; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that February be recognized as national TRIO month and that February 24, 2023 be declared "New Mexico TRIO Programs Day" in the house of representatives; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this memorial be transmitted to KellyAnn Weber, TRIO New Mexico president-elect, of Clovis community college.

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